Barcode Long Island Team SWR Lichens
Program:
Barcode Long Island
Year:
2021-22
Research Topic:
Wildlife & health
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Lichen

Project:

The Impact of Air Quality on the Biodiversity of Lichen Species Between a Trafficked and Forested Area
Students:
Caroline D'Andrea, Anna Minetti, Sophia Stadler
School:
Shoreham-Wading River High School, Suffolk
Mentors:
Dana Schaefer

Abstract:

A lichen is any group of living organisms that consist of a fungus and algae growing together in a single unit. They are very good bioindicators of air quality. Using lichens the level of air pollution in an area can be found. The lichens will be collected off of the trees to compare the air pollution in trafficked areas to forested areas. It is expected that the species of Lichen found in a forested area will indicate that there is less pollution compared to the trafficked area.

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